Empowering People With Disabilities
to Experience the Freedom to Live, Work and Enjoy A Valued Role in Society

With facilities in Newburyport and Haverhill, Opportunity Works is a 501(c)3 private, non-for-profit corporation serving more than 300 men and women, ranging in age from 22 to 85, who come from 24 Merrimack Valley/North Shore communities. The agency operates with a staff of 150 professionals who bring a broad range of experience in working with people with disabilities. Additionally, hundreds of volunteers participate in fundraising and outreach events, serve on advisory committees, and volunteers in programs. The agency has consistently earned exemplary recognition for setting leading standards of excellence in the provision of employment, specialized day habilitation, community, and recreational services and programs for adults with disabilities

Opportunity Works at a Glance
350 +
Staff and Volunteers
Years of Service
92.8 %
of fundraising directly benefits our programs and services
100 %
certification rating from DDS in 2019
Community Organizations

Opportunity Works is proud to partner with local organizations
that all have great missions and goals for our region

  • Amesbury Chamber of Commerce
  • Haverhill Exchange Club
  • Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • ADDP
  • Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce
  • Provider’s Council
  • Haverhill Chamber of Commerce
Opportunity Works helps businesses

By providing staffing solutions with productive, and loyal employees with excellent attendance records

Opportunity Works relies on your support. Please know that your donation is truly appreciated and will make a difference!

Our Community Impact


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Ways to Donate

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Our Programs

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Upcoming Events

2024 Opportunity Works Golf Classic-May 20th May 20 @ 9:00 am Event Date / Details
Join Opportunity Works on Monday, May 20th at Bradford Country Club for the 2024 Opportunity Works Golf Classic! 9 AM Registration and 10 AM...
Your Gift Truly Makes A Difference Empowering People. Changing Lives! 2023 November 27, 2023 @ 8:00 am Event Date / Details
Your Gift Truly Makes A Difference. Empowering People. Changing Lives! The return to growth has been paramount here at Opportunity Works. We have focused...
Fireside Comedy Night! July 19, 2023 @ 7:30 pm Event Date / Details
FIRESIDE COMEDY Wednesday July 19th Come see some of Boston’s best comedians and support local up-and-comers as well at this comedy Showcase! $10 suggested...
2023 Opportunity Works Golf Classic-May 15th 2023 May 15, 2023 @ 11:00 am Event Date / Details
  Or click here to register as a golfer and/or sponsor! Sponsorship Opportunities Click here to download our 2023 OW Golf Classic sponsorship packet...
Together We Give Opportunity! 2022 December 1, 2022 @ 8:00 am Event Date / Details
Together We Give Opportunity YOU, our donors, are a propelling force and we are deeply grateful for your unparalleled support of Opportunity Works valuable...
Pop Up in the Park in Newburyport December 9, 2022 @ 5:30 pm Event Date / Details
  Opportunity Works is collaborating with the Newburyport Knights of Columbus, Tinkerhaus, and The Newburyport Chamber for the Pop Up in the Park event...
Giving Tuesday 2022- TOGETHER we give November 29, 2022 Event Date / Details
Giving Tuesday 2022 is November 29th! GivingTuesday reimagines a world built upon shared humanity and generosity. Our global network collaborates year-round to inspire generosity...
2022 OW Soiree October 20, 2022 @ 6:00 pm Event Date / Details
2022 OW Soiree! This is an in-house event for the folks supported. Save the date October 20th, 2022 @5:30-8pm $20 ahead of time, $25...
Carriagetown Car Show September 24, 2022 @ 9:00 am Event Date / Details
***Not an OW run event*** It is that time of year again, the downtown of Amesbury will be filled with antique cars, trucks, and...
Downstairs Haverhill GRAND OPENING
Hello Family and Friends! As many of you know, our downstairs CBDS space is OPEN!!!  We have spent the past month getting into the...

In the short time Russell has been with us as a member of our Housekeeping team, his cheerful attitude and quick smile has warmed the hearts of us all. His willingness to learn new things has inspired our staff and his attention to detail has impressed our guests. I know I speak for everyone when I say it’s a little more exciting heading into work when we know Russell is scheduled to be there. Thank you Opportunity Works.
- Nicole Evans,
Assistant General Manager, La Quinta Inns & Suites Boston-Andover, Andover, MA
We started our relationship with OW to solve a labor problem we had for some repetitive tasks that we seemed to constantly struggle in finding reliable candidates to fill. We quickly learned that this relationship was far more than just solving this issue. The OW Team Members immediately brought enthusiasm, positive energy and an outlook on life our team didn’t even know we were missing as a group. From day one our new OW Team Members not only became part of our TFPM Team by helping us solve our labor problems, they quickly became like family to us. We are so fortunate to have had the pleasure to have the OW crew join our Team and help us in so many ways. We wouldn’t trade them for the world.
- Jaimie M. Bezanson,
Vice President of Operations, Tru Form Precision Manufacturing, Plaistow, NH
Vickie (OW Employment Specialist, who runs an enclave at Da/Pro) and her crew are a big asset to our company. We appreciate all that they do. In the year and a half that they have been here We have shipped out close to 5 million parts to our biggest customer. They have also helped out with parts for 8 more of our customers. We Hope they continue to work with us.
- Melissa,
Production Supervisor, DA/PRO RUBBER, Newburyport, MA
Having two Lot Attendants as committed and energized as Justice and Perrin. was noticed by our members this Holiday Season. Even when working long, back-to-back shifts in cold, wet weather, they both were cheerful and quick to offer help. I think the fact that Justice trained Perrin is a large part of what gives them the special team spirit we all recognize and admire.
- Tim Latta,
Manager, Human Resources, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Salem, NH

Recent Blog Posts

Looking for Volunteers for our Explorers Club!
Come join us. We are looking for volunteers for a social group that goes on a variety of field trips, one Saturday per month....
ProjectSEARCH 2023 Graduation- Congrats Grads!!!!
Last Friday we celebrated the 2023 Opportunity Works ProjectSEARCH Graduates! They've completed their 9 month internship program on the Haverhill campus of Northern Essex...
2023 OW Golf Classic- Thank You to Our Sponsors!!!
Thank you for your support! We had an AMAZING day, thanks to you!
OpArt 2023 Exhibit: NewWorks
Thank you to everyone who attended the reception, and visited the gallery throughout its run over at the NAA! There were so many different...
ProjectSEARCH: Basics of Banking!
Project SEARCH Opportunity Works takes place on the campus of Northern Essex Community College over a 9-month period. Participants begin and end each day...
OW Program Spotlight: Caring for Yourself is IMPORTANT
Who better than our OW staff person Debbie to run the self care room CBDS classroom!! Her shirt says it all!   In self...
ProjectSEARCH 10 Newsletter: Feb 2023
February has just arrived! What an incredible year it's been so far!  We have started our 2nd round of internships & are ready for...
Art With Jillian: Fashionable Winter Raccoon
Since the spawn of remote services in 2020 our Development Associate, Jillian Sacco, has been teaching step by step drawing classes once a week....
Job Well Done!
Job well done hot cocoa bar for the Parker Hannifin Crew (pictured is Renee and Jasper)! The employment team wanted to celebrate the crew...
A Tasty Visit from the Flutie Foundation
We had a GREAT visit from Nick Savarese, Executive Director of the Flutie Foundation. They catered lunch here in Newburyport today with Jersey Mike's...
OW Soiree 2022-Mardi Gras Nights!
Our folks could say they’ve been to Louisiana after the Newburyport floor was TRANSFORMED for the 2022 OW Soiree! The lights were dimmed, the...
The Impossible Dream Tour 2022- Newburyport
Our folks set sail from Newburyport this morning thanks to The Impossible Dream! The Impossible Dream is a universally accessible catamaran. Their mission is...
2022 ProjectSEARCH Graduation
Click here to watch on YouTube Last Friday we celebrated the amazing accomplishments of the Class of 2022 OW ProjectSEARCH graduates. Made possible by...
Downstairs Haverhill GRAND OPENING
Hello Family and Friends! As many of you know, our downstairs CBDS space is OPEN!!!  We have spent the past month getting into the...
Veteran’s Day- Thank You Chester!
For this year's Veteran's Day we honor and thank Chester, US Army Veteran and member of the Opportunity Works family. Chester served in the...